Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 3, 1984

  The opera performance of “Cinderella” was interrupted Saturday when a section of plaster on the east side of the Opera House ceiling fell into the audience. The building was immediately evacuated and the performance was cancelled, as well as the one on Sunday. Four people were injured in the accident, none seriously. Dennis White, a Gilpin County emergency medical technician, stated that when he was first dispatched, he was informed that someone had fallen from the balcony. Before White reached the scene, he was correctly informed that some of the ceiling had fallen into the audience. John Moriarty, the opera’s artistic director, said Tuesday that approximately “four feet by three feet” of plaster had fallen from the ceiling onto the balcony railing directly below it. Then it hit the audience below that. He added that loose plaster around the area that fell has been removed, thus causing the area to measure approximately 10 feet by four feet. Moriarty also stated that architects, engineers, and specialists have inspected the building thoroughly and found no other areas of loose plaster. To ensure against any plaster falling from the ceiling in the original area, burlap was secured over the entire location Tuesday. The Opera House reopened Tuesday afternoon with the youth performance of “Rigoletto.” According to a spokesman at the opera box office, approximately 250 people attended. A full house is 756 people.

  The Teller House garden restaurant was drastically rearranged in the early morning hours of July 26 by vandals who destroyed potted plants, patio furniture, and garden fixtures. According to the report made by Central City Police Chief Pat Warkentin, the party or parties responsible are unknown. Warkentin also stated in his report that “four umbrellas valued at $60 each were stolen.” One of the fixtures in the Teller House used to display potted plants was hung from the balcony near the terrace entrance door.

  A poem by Catfish: Moths flock from the night to woo my window’s light, their eyes wistful against the pane. The skies above are dark again. An owl peers down through night’s shadow. On windy hilltops and valleys low, night has spread her quiet reign. The night-dwellers have wakened again.

  Bill and Debbie Ward of Eureka Valley Ranch west of Central City are proud to announce the birth of their daughter. Joanna Maureen was born at the ranch on July 24, 1984, at 12:53 p.m. She weighed five pounds 12 ounces and measured 18 inches. The baby’s grandparents are Shirley and Marvin Pestcoe of Philadelphia. Joanna Maureen has an older brother, 21 month old Jonah.

60 years ago – August 6, 1954

  A rather serious condition in the water supply for Central City has manifested itself during the past few days, wherein it is necessary to use extreme caution in the use of water. At the Council meeting Wednesday evening, Water Commissioner Joe Menegatti reported the water in the reservoir has dropped eleven inches in the last three days, and that only 185 gallons a minute from the water sheds and springs in Miner and Peck gulches and also the city ranches, have been coming into the reservoir, which is a drop of 65 gallons per minute from the 250 gallons which has existed for several weeks past. The Council felt that an emergency exists, and under the power and authority granted them by Sec. 4, Article 8, they have issued an edict, as follows: 1. No car washing with a hose. 2. No sprinkling on Sundays. Monday, Wednesday and Friday lawn sprinkling will be permitted from 6 to 8 p.m. on the North side of Eureka and Lawrence streets; and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, sprinkling will be allowed South of these streets at the hours above specified. It is hoped our citizens will abide by these rules, and will cooperate in every particular.

  Last week, according to reports, a black bear cub was seen meandering near the old Buell Mill, across the road and going up Bates Hill to Casey Avenue, and the last seen of the young Bruin, he was ambling down the road to Chase Gulch. When asked if I had seen the bear, I did not, as I see too many “bares” here on the street.

  Mrs. Frances W. Stansfield, the mother of John W. Stansfield, arrived in Central City to spend a few weeks at John’s home here. Don and Betty Haworth and son, Bill, accompanied her from California. Betty Haworth is Mrs. Stansfield’s daughter; Don is the Principal of the Hayward California High School.

  Ad: Ride the Train on a 2,000 foot Mine Trip. Ample parking! Bobtail Tunnel. In Historic Gregory Gulch between Black Hawk and Central City!

  By Charlie Brooks: TV fans of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans will be glad to hear that the famed Western couple will be chasing the bad men across the TV screens in Paradise Valley throughout the summer. The half-hour Western thrillers will be seen each week – see local logs for each day and time, on the NBC-TV network. This will be the third year that the Roy Rogers TV show has run 52 weeks consecutively since the premiere, December 30, 1951.

90 years ago – August 1, 1924

  Did you ever hang by your teeth? And, while you were in that startling position did you ever try to do a skirt dance or twist yourself into a knot? It is dollars to doughnuts that if you are not circus folks you never did. And, as a matter of fact, it is not every circus performer who can accomplish the feat. It requires a peculiar kind of dexterity, a strength in the muscles of the jaw that is phenomenal, and a daring that is quite oblivious to fear or “nerves.” The John Robinson Circus, the greatest Trained Wild Animal Circus On Earth, scheduled to exhibit in Denver, Colorado, August 4th and 5th at Broadway and 5th Street, announced an aerial butterfly ballet as one of its many features. Superficially this does not mean much. It is only when the declaration is made that there are over twenty pretty and shapely girls in the display, and that their entire performance is given while swinging by their teeth in the dome of the vast canvas pavilion, that the remarkable character of the exhibition is realized.

  One need not complain of ennui and distressing lack of action during the month of August if the Rev. Arthur Brooks, assistant Rector at St. Augusta’s Church, Stuyvesant Square, New York, has properly read the angles of the planets. It is going to be some month. Explosions will cost many lives, railroad trains will get peeved and piled in wrecks, a volcano is going to act up and relations of nations will be strained to the fighting point. It’s all because three eclipses are scheduled for the month. The moon gets one and the sun two. Dr. Brooks frequently has been right in his application of astrology to coming events, the Chilean earthquake being one of his famous predictions.

  With a roar that could be heard for miles, the well being drilled by the Union Oil Company of California on the Mitchell place, one mile south of the discovery gas well outside of Fort Collins, came in a few days ago with a flow of gas estimated at approximately 80,000,000 cubic feet per day. So terrific was the pressure of the gas that the water which had been run into the well for its full depth of 4,200 feet in an attempt to overcome the gas pressure, was blown 150 feet in the air. The report caused a great flurry of excitement. At the time the well blew itself, the drillers had just removed the tools from the hole and were standing near the rig. One of the drillers suddenly heard a noise issuing from the casing. The noise was soon apparent to everyone and within a few minutes water was running from the top of the casing, being forced out by the gas pressure below.

  Colorado’s lakes and streams will soon be replete with fish, if plans of State Game and Fish Commissioner Roland G. Parvin are carried out. In line with an extensive program of fish production for the benefit of fishermen, Mr. Parvin announced the immediate construction of two additional fish hatcheries, one near Pitkin, Colo., the other to be located in Fort Collins, each with a yearly capacity production of 8,000,000 fish. The fourteenth hatchery, of the same capacity, recently was completed at Cedaredge, Colo., at a cost of $20,000, which sum also will be expended for the two new hatcheries.

120 years ago – August 3, 1894

  Mr. Esra Fairchild, president, and Mr. D.E. Chase, general manager of the Plutus Gold & Silver Mining Company, who have twenty lode clams in Phoenix District, northwesterly potion of this county, last week paid a visit to that property. The claims of the company cover an area of 480 acres of ground, and has a capitalization of $600,000 in shares of $1 each. The visit of the president and manager was with a view to the purchase and placement of proper machinery to further develop the property.

  Prof. Ernest LeNeve Foster and Mr. Charles W. Pollard, who a short time took a lease and bond on the Foote and Summons Lode on Gregory Mountain, have had parties at work in getting the plant of machinery in working order. Development work will be commenced as soon as the shaft can be placed in proper shape to continue the main shaft down past its present depth, and continuing levelage already inaugurated.

  The New Gregory mining, milling, leasing and tunnel company has driven their cross-cut south from the 900 foot level on the incline shaft on the Gregory Lode a distance of 600 feet. Several veins have been intersected in this distance. The cross-cut is still being driven for the purpose of cutting other veins that form a part of the group that they are working. The company also keeps 75 stamps of their Bobtail Mill dropping.

  Miss Marguerite L. Rank left for Dubuque, Iowa, last Wednesday, where she will be the guest of her cousin Miss May E. Murphy. Miss Rank will visit other relatives while in the Key City of the Hawkeye state.

  Mr. W.C. Fullerton, after an absence of eight days with his family who are summering on his Middle Park ranch, returned Tuesday, feeling much better by his vacation.

  Mr. Claude E. Street, of the Storm Mining Company, Yankee Hill, paid a visit to Central the first of the week.

  Mr. E.W. Williams, who has been under the weather for the past week, left Tuesday afternoon for Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand County, where he will try the sulphur baths at that place. He will be absent about two weeks.

  Mrs. P.B. Hicks and children of Nevadaville, left on Sunday afternoon for a month’s visit with Mrs. Ira Olsen at Antlers, Colorado. Mr. Hicks says he will “bach it” during his wife’s absence, and extends an invitation to his many friends in the town of mines to call and see him and get a square meal.                       

  Born: In Central City, July 28, to the wife of Frederick Wenzel, a son.

  Born: In Central City, July 30, to the wife of Joseph Tippett, a daughter.

  Born: In Black Hawk, August 2, to the wife of Peter Dillon, a daughter.

  Died: In Lump Gulch, August 1, John Franklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Gilchrist, aged 2 years and 9 months.

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